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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Ensemble Connect

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Ensemble Connect by Fadi Kheir
Ensemble Connect energizes audiences with its fresh approach to programming and exuberant performances. Deeply committed to music of living composers, Ensemble Connect's program features John Adams’s lively Chamber Symphony. Adams was studying a score of Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 at his home when the sounds of the Saturday morning cartoons his son was watching poured into his room. The hyperactive styles of both came together in this marvelously inventive and witty work.

Part of: Ensemble Connect

Performers

Ensemble Connect
·· Leo Sussman, Flute
·· Tamara Winston, Oboe
·· Bixby Kennedy, Clarinets (Alum)
·· Noémi Sallai, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
·· Yen-Chen Wu, Bassoon
·· Rémy Taghavi, Contrabassoon (Alum)
·· Thea Humphries, French Horn
·· Brian Olson, Trumpet (Alum)
·· Oliver Barrett, Trombone (Alum)
·· Sae Hashimoto, Percussion
·· Brandon Ilaw, Percussion (Alum)
·· Tomer Gewirtzman, Piano
·· Christopher Goodpasture, Piano and Synthesizer
·· Gergana Haralampieva, Violin
·· Meagan Turner, Viola
·· Arlen Hlusko, Cello
·· Ha Young Jung, Bass
Jesse Brault, Conductor

Program

McPHEE Balinese Ceremonial Music

STEVE REICH Quartet

JULIA WOLFE On Seven-Star-Shoes

JOHN ADAMS Chamber Symphony

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 90 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Salon Encores

Get together with people who love music after this Weill Recital Hall concert for a free drink and discussion with the evening's musicians.
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Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

Lead funding has been provided by Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, Hearst Foundations, The Kovner Foundation, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Hope and Robert F. Smith.

Lead funding has been provided by Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, Hearst Foundations, The Kovner Foundation, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Hope and Robert F. Smith.

Additional support has been provided by the Arnow Family Fund, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, E.H.A. Foundation, Barbara G. Fleischman, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ensemble Connect is also supported, in part, by an endowment grant from The Kovner Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by the Arnow Family Fund, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, E.H.A. Foundation, Barbara G. Fleischman, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.

NYC Department of Education and New York State of Opportunity Council on the Arts

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ensemble Connect is also supported, in part, by endowment grants from The Kovner Foundation.

At a Glance

McPHEE  Balinese Ceremonial Music

Canadian composer Colin McPhee was influenced by the ancient gamelan music he heard while living in Bali in the 1930s. Even without the gongs, xylophones, metallophones, drums, cymbals, rebabs, and flutes of a typical gamelan ensemble, this two-piano work has a remarkable, clangorous sonority.

 

STEVE REICH  Quartet

Speaking of Quartet, the composer states, “The piece is one of the more complex I have composed ... though the parts are not unduly difficult, it calls for a high level of ensemble virtuosity.” The atypical instrumentation of this Quartet—two pianists and two percussionists—demands just the right mix of flexible instrumental forces and well-acquainted performers that Ensemble Connect offers.

 

JULIA WOLFE  On Seven-Star-Shoes

Julia Wolfe is well known for drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical genres, but for On Seven-Star-Shoes, it was the expressionist poetry of the bohemian German-Jewish writer Else Lasker-Schüler that sparked her musical imagination.

 

JOHN ADAMS  Chamber Symphony

Closing the concert is John Adams’s Chamber Symphony, a virtuosic romp that draws upon two unique inspirations: the acrobatic polyphony of Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony and the frenetic activity of cartoon music.

Bios

Ensemble Connect

Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for extraordinary young professional classical musicians residing in the US that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality ...

Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for extraordinary young professional classical musicians residing in the US that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and partnerships throughout the fellowship with New York City public schools.

On the concert stage and in schools and communities, Ensemble Connect has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of the concerts, the fresh and open-minded approach to programming, and the ability to actively engage any audience.

Moving on to the next stage of their careers, Ensemble Connect’s 119 alums are now making an impact on the national and international musical landscape in a wide variety of artistic and educational arenas. Continuing the strong bonds formed through the program, in 2011 alums formed the chamber music collective Decoda, which has been named an affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall.

Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates of music throughout the community, the forward-looking musicians of Ensemble Connect are redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century.

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